BIO

Natsumi Jones is a Japanese artist working in glass and mixed media currently residing in the UK. Her work explores time, nature, customs through the fragility and ephemeral materiality of glass. She also often combines light as a material to give immersive installation effect as well as embellish the material with reflection and transmission.

After receiving a BA(Hons) degree in Glass and Ceramics in 2018 from the University of Sunderland, she has had opportunities to work with various talented artists at different  institutions such as North Lands Creative in Scotland, Bild-Werk Frauenau in Germany, Hara Museum ARC in Japan, and National Glass Centre in England. Her work has been shown internationally in Japan, China as well as in the UK. Most recently Natsumi was awarded Excellence Award from The Fourth Craft Glass Creation & Design International Competition and Exhibition in Hejian, China.

EDUCATION

2018   University of Sunderland, BA(Hons) Glass and Ceramics

2013   Tonbridge Adult Education Centre, Level 2 City & Guilds Stained Glass Sampling Unit

2009  University of the Arts London, Chelsea College of Art and Design, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019   The Fourth Craft Glass Creation & Design International Competition and Exhibition, Hejian, China

            SICF20, Spiral Hall, Tokyo, Japan 

            The CGS February Open 2019, Online Exhibition, Contemporary Glass Society

            The 58th Japan Crafts Exhibition, Tokyo Midtown Design Hub, Tokyo, Japan

2018   New Graduate Review 2018, London Glassblowing Studio and Gallery, London, UK

            Mackie's Corner, Sunderland, UK 

            Glass and Ceramics Degree Show 2018, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK 

2017   Glass as Social Practice, Pilchuck Glass School, WA, USA

            Dry Run 2017, Shipley Gallery, Gateshead, UK

2016   Enchanted Parks, Saltwell Park, Gateshead, UK

            International Student Online Exhibition, Glass Art Society

AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS

2019   Excellence Award, The Fourth Craft Glass Creation & Design International Competition and Exhibition, Hejian, China

             Shortlisted for the 58th Japan Crafts Exhibition,  Japan

2018   The Winner of New Graduate Review, Contemporary Glass Society, UK

             National Glass Centre Prize, Sunderland, UK

             Surface, Texture, Mark Making Class by Marina Hanser, The Studio at The Coning Museum of Glass, NY, USA

             Particle Theory Class by Anna Mlasowsky, Urban Glass, NY, USA

2017   Opportunity Scholarship, Futures Fund, University of Sunderland, UK

            Glass as Social Practice Class by Anjali Srinivasan and Carmen Montoya, Pilchuck Glass School, WA, USA

            Experimental Engraving Class by Pavlína Čambalová, The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass, NY, USA

2016   Illuminating Space Class by Joanna Manousis, The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass, NY, USA  

            Opportunity Scholarship, Futures Fund, University of Sunderland, UK

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2018 - present   Gallery Assistant, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK

2019    Technical Kiln Intern, North Lands Creative, Lybster, Scotland

              Teaching Assistant for Anne Petters and Stephen Day Paul, Bild-Werk Frauenau, Germany

              Gallery Assistant and Translator, Hara Museum ARC, Gunma, Japan

2016 - 2019   Artist Assistant for Ayako Tani, Sunderland, UK

2018    Teaching Assistant for Anne Petters, Northlands Creative Glass, UK 

             Work Exchange at GAS Conference, Venice, Italy